Christmas comes early, again

Today I was at the local department store/supermarket store *cough*fredmeyer*cough* with my wife looking for some last minute decorations and such for Halloween. We traipse on over to the Seasonal Aisle to have a look-see at what they have left. I was not surprised to see that the pickings were slim, hell, this was the 30th of October.

I was surprised and annoyed to discover that they had shoved all of what was left into one tiny section to make room for the Christmas stock.

Excuse me, but it's not even Halloween and these twits are already shoving Christmas down our throats? Hello! Can't we even get to celebrate Thanksgiving first!

So, what the hell is up with this crap? Not satisfied with turning the most holy of Christian holidays into one of the most flagrant excesses in over spending and commercialized garbage they decide to inflict it on us for two whole months!? No wonder suicide rates skyrocket during the Holiday Season!

Now don't get me wrong. I like Christmas. I like getting together with family and friends and having a nice time. I like the aura of friendless and compassion that it brings. I like the fact that people try to think about the needs of others, even if it is for just a short time of the year.

I don't like all of the commercialization of Christmas. I don't like the fact that it has been turned into nothing more than an orgy of over spending. I don't like every icon of the Holiday Season being taken over by commercial interests and used to sell even more useless crap that people don't need. Santa wares red and white because those are the colors Coca-Cola put him in when the coopted him. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer is an invention of the J.C. Penny company. If they thought they could get away with it I'm sure some advertising agency would have Jesus selling toasters or some other product.

I loathe Christmas music. I used to like it, really. Back when stores and malls only played it the few weeks before Christmas. Now I walk into stores and it plays endlessly for at least a month! The same songs over and over. I don't know how employees of these places keep from going mad and shooting people. I would be sorely tempted to. Anything just to make it stop!

Compounding the sin of turning Christmas (or the Winter Solstice, or whatever winter Holiday you celebrate) into nothing more than an excuse to convince people to spend more money than they earn, they force it on us for ever longer periods of time. What's next? Christmas in July? Wait, the Fox-Family channel did just that this year. Enough! Just goddamn enough! Every year I hate the Holiday Season more and more. Bah-fucking-humbug!

10/30/99